Dolly is a sheep. In this case, however, Dolly is the debut work of four brewers who never looked for each other and still found each other. The Braukollektiv Freiburg is an international brewers' association and an absolute dream team when it comes to extraordinary, creative craft beers. And they also have a monkey, at least that's what they claim.
The Braukollektiv Freiburg is the crazy idea of four beer fanatics, as spokesman, CEO and mascot Spanky told us in exchange for some bananas. Chris, Gil, Bernhard (called Børn) and James are true beer lovers who started their beer careers independently and on different continents. At home in the basement, the four boys started their first attempts at brewing, Gil and Bernhard in Germany, Chris in Australia and James in sunny California. Since all roads eventually lead to Rome, or in our case to Freiburg, the four homebrewers hugged each other. At a brewing seminar, they tied the knot by founding their own label, Braukollektiv Freiburg. Beforehand, however, it was determined who among them would produce the best pale ale. On this basis, the four alchemists developed the recipe for their first joint beer, Dolly . Dolly was supposed to bring craft beer to Freiburg and be the lifebelt in the flood of classic beers for everyone who, in addition to Pils and Co., also likes to try something new. As a gypsybrewer, they went into marketing with Dolly and their little lamb was well received. And since brewing with other brewers is a lot more fun, the guys with Freigeist Bierkultur and Emma - Biere ohne Bart have joined forces and conjured up a fantastic Mexican standoff stout .
Because Dolly was such a well-behaved pet, the brewing collective expanded their zoo without further ado. From then on Horst the bear and the great white shark Laird romped around in addition to the sheep. The four initially surprised their brewery hosts with lots of hops, but were able to convince them of their skills and expertise. After all, good beer speaks for itself and neither the most traditional brewer nor the most committed wine drinker could resist the animal charm of the Braukollektiv beers. Freiburg is actually a wine stronghold. Traditionally, brewers tend to have a bad hand. Gil, Bernhard, Chris and James see their niche there: wine connoisseurs with trained palates. They can very well taste whether an aroma hop, a green hop or rather the classic bitter hop has found its way into the kettle. Craftbier is the self-proclaimed hop headquarters and the perfect playground for wine connoisseurs who want to surprise and challenge their taste buds from time to time. Ziggy is happy to volunteer as a guinea pig!